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Jenkins, Richard Headline Lady Flames' Conference Awards

April 20, 2011  Rock Hill, S.C.  RSS
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Jordan Jenkins (L) and Cameron Richard (R) led the Lady Flames' Big South Conference awards, which were announced at a ceremony Wednesday evening in Rock Hill, S.C.

Jordan Jenkins (L) and Cameron Richard (R) led the Lady Flames' Big South Conference awards, which were announced at a ceremony Wednesday evening in Rock Hill, S.C.

Jordan Jenkins and Cameron Richard highlight the Liberty Lady Flames' 2011 Big South Conference award winners.  Jenkins earned all-conference in multiple categories and Richard was named the 2011 Big South Women's Tennis Freshman of the Year.  In total, five Liberty women's tennis players earned honors Wednesday night, as announced by the conference office.  The yearly awards are voted on by Big South tennis coaches.

Jenkins' list of awards begins with the senior being named all-conference singles in addition to all-conference doubles with teammate Hannah Fick.  With the recognition, the Sarasota, Fla., native becomes the first Liberty women's tennis player to be named all-conference in both categories in all four years of her career.  In her four years at Liberty, Jenkins has compiled an 86-22 career singles record and a 77-26 career doubles record, giving her the top spot on both the all-time singles and doubles wins lists.  In Big South matches alone, she owns a career record of 19-4 in singles and 20-6 in doubles.

This season, Jenkins went 11-3 overall and 3-1 in Big South matches, all while playing the lead singles position.  In doubles, Jenkins and Fick compiled a perfect 8-0 record overall, while winning all six of their Big South matches.  As a duo, Jenkins and Fick earn all-conference doubles honors for the second time, after garnering recognition in 2009 as well.

Jenkins also earned her second-consecutive Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, sharing this year's honor with Rita Gouveia of Gardner-Webb.  Finally, she earned her third-consecutive naming to the all-academic team to become the third Lady Flame to do so.  Brook Garman and Jonita Randolph each placed their names on the all-academic team three-consecutive years, doing so from 2001-03 and 2005-07, respectively.  Jenkins owns a 3.81 GPA and is an International Relations major.

Richard claims the Freshman of the Year honors for a 12-8 season, while competing in the upper portion of Liberty's singles line up and also notching eight total doubles wins with multiple partners.  She won six singles matches at both No. 2 and 3 in Liberty's lineup, including posting a seven-match win streak earlier in the year.  In Big South matches, Richard scored a 5-2 record.  With the award, the Birmingham, Ala., native becomes the third Lady Flame in program history to be named the Big South's Freshman of the Year.  Jonita Randolph earned the award in 2004, while Jenkins did so in 2008.

In addition to the voted awards, two of Liberty's doubles combinations were named as Big South flight winners.  Jenkins and Fick won the No. 1 doubles position by way of their 6-0 conference mark. Carol Lobel and Valeriyah Klintsevich took the No. 3 doubles spot, as the pair also went undefeated in Big South play, holding a 5-0 mark.  Overall, the junior-senior duo went 12-2 this season.

Winthrop's Yasmine Alkema rounded out the individual player awards, as she was voted Player of the Year.  Coastal Carolina's Jody Davis and Gardner-Webb's Jim Corn claimed the final Big South Honors, being named Co-Coach of the Year.

The 2011 Big South Women's Tennis Championship starts Thursday at 9 a.m.  Three matches will be contested for the first round, while the event wraps up Saturday, with the championship match slated for a 9 a.m. start.  The Lady Flames face off with Radford at Noon in the opening round Thursday.  A complete tournament preview is available here.

2011 Big South Conference Women's Tennis Award Winners

All-Academic Team
Rita Gouveia, Gardner-Webb
Jordan Jenkins, Liberty
Petra Dajevic, Radford
Elizaveta Zaytseva, Winthrop
Nicole Schon, UNC Asheville
Miki Bunea, Coastal Carolina
Marija Dzakovic, Charleston Southern
Lindsay Krause, Presbyterian College

Women's Tennis Flight Winners
No. 1 Singles – Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop                                   
No. 2 Singles – Miki Bunea, Coastal Carolina                                                
No. 3 Singles – Sandra Herrera, Winthrop                                                      
No. 4 Singles – Giovanna Portioli, Winthrop                                 
No. 5 Singles – Diana Mortlock, Coastal Carolina                                         
No. 6 Singles – Maria Hesketh, Coastal Carolina          
No. 1 Doubles – Hannah Fick/Jordan Jenkins, Liberty                
No. 2 Doubles – Miki Bunea/Diana Mortlock, Coastal Carolina
No. 3 Doubles – Carol Lobel/Valeriya Klintsevich, Liberty                         

All-Conference Singles
Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop
Olga Makhova, Charleston Southern
Jordan Jenkins, Liberty
Miki Buena, Coastal Carolina
Erica White, Gardner-Webb
Elizaveta Zaytseva, Winthrop
Lexi Bolesky, Coastal Carolina
Sandra Herrera, Winthrop

All-Conference Doubles
Jordan Jenkins/Hannah Fick, Liberty

Lexi Bolesky/Mikaela Kristofersson, Coastal Carolina
Yasmine Alkema/Lisa Wilkinson, Winthrop
Miki Bunea/Diana Mortlock, Coastal

Player of the Year
Yasmine Alkema, Winthrop

Freshman of the Year
Cameron Richard, Liberty

Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year
Rita Gouveia, Gardner-Webb
Jordan Jenkins, Liberty

Co-Coach of the Year
Jody Davis, Coastal Carolina
Jim Corn, Gardner-Webb